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St. Luke’s Faith Education Team wishes to partner with your family in Raising Faith Filled Children!
Children begin to grow in faith long before they begin to go to school.
Parents: You are your child’s first and most important Teacher.
Parents have the freedom and responsibility of choosing the kind of religious education they want to give to their children.
We offer catechism programs from Level 1 up to Level 6. Each level has its own particularities and is not offered in the same format. The celebration of a sacrament will be part of the child’s catechism faith filled journey.
Therefore, any child wishing to participate in any of the Sacraments of initiation (i.e., Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation) can be registered in the program as soon as he/she is 6 years’ old (upon entering Grade 1 – note that a Kindergarten book is also available.
The program focuses on:
- Helping and supporting parents in developing the faith-life of their children
- Presenting clear concepts of our Catholic faith and doctrine
- Celebrating our faith through class, liturgies, and pastoral activities
- Sharing an awareness and understanding of the Sacred Scripture and its significance on Christian living
- Reinforcing, nurturing and strengthening Christian values
- Preparing children for meaningful celebration of the sacraments
Registration in the catechism program has the expectation that your household and your child will participate actively and responsibly in their faith journey. For the “at home years” (1,3,4) you and your child are required to attend all the Intergenerational Pastoral activities scheduled for that level and also to complete the workbook at home. For the “At the Parish” years (2,5,6), your family fulfills the requirements of those years by attending classes for the child, parent workshops and intergenerational pastoral activities. Your child’s progress depends on fulfilling these requiremnents. Our catechism program relies on your collaboration.
Our catechism program relies on your collaboration.
The family is our first community and the most basic way in which we discover the meaning of life and the meaning of our faith.
The church believes in working in partnership with the family to bring forth a meaningful faith journey. With the help of many volunteers, we promise to bring Jesus to your children with love, faith and integrity.
Our teaching tool for catechism is Be My Disciples (www.bemydisciples.com) .
One of the best ways to make this faith journey meaningful is to celebrate the Mass together as a family. Mass attendance is an obligation we take on as baptized persons. When we bring our children to be baptized, we promise to raise them in the faith. Going to Mass is part of this commitment.
For that reason, parents are expected to attend Mass on Saturday or Sunday. (Mass celebrated on Saturday after 5:00 pm is considered a "Sunday" Mass.)
-- Saturday 5:00 pm
-- Sunday 9:00 am
-- Sunday 12:30pm
-- Sunday 10:45 am
-- Sunday 2:30 pm
All children from ages 3 to 12 are welcome to join Children's Liturgy at any time throughout the year. Please take note that we expect all children registered in a sacramental preparation year to attend regularly.
Yearly Financial Contribution
The parish community at large financially supports the Faith Education Office. However, a yearly financial contribution is requested at registration. Your contribution is an important aspect of maintaining our current level of programs. Our costs include workbooks for your child, catechist’s manuals, supplies, resources, formation and support for our catechetical team and staff. The parish provides comfortable classrooms as well as a beautiful church that is inviting and well maintained. These contributions cover only 50% of our costs.
Contributions for 2019-2020 is $110 for the first child, $100 for the second child and $50 for subsequent children from the same family. All are welcome to participate regardless of their ability to pay. We do not wish to add undue hardship on any family. Should this contribution be difficult or if payment by installment is preferable, please contact the Faith Education Office. The conversation will be kept in the strictest confidence.
Please do not delay your registration. In order to obtain the appropriate number of books and materials in time for your children in September, we are required to make our order in early August. Therefore, although registration for all families is open throughout the summer, we are encouraging parents to register by August 15th. After this date, a $25 late fee per family will be charged to cover the additional costs of expedited shipping and processing for books and materials. Immediate registration will ensure that your child receives his/her catechism package and schedule at book pick-up.
Registration for returning families
Parents of children registered in 2018-2019 catechism program should have received an email with their username/password. Please Click Here to register your children for 2019-2020. If your child was registered in previous years, please call the Faith Education Office – 514-684-6488, 204 or email to get your username and password. Please do not create a new user if we already have a file on your child/children. Do not delay your registration. After August 15, 2019 there will be a late fee of $25 per household. Please note: no returning family registrations will be processed on-line after October 14, 2019.
Book pick-up dates for returning families
- Friday, Sept 20 from 7 - 9pm in Rooms 4-5 – levels K-5
- Saturday, Sept 28 from 9 - 11am in Rooms 4-5 – levels K-5
Book pick-up date for Confirmation families
Wednesday, September 11 at 7pm for Level 6 parents with children preparing for Confirmation. With this book pick-up there is a short meeting to review the requirements for families bringing their children to be confirmed in the spring of 2020. Books for children in other levels can also be picked up at this time.
Registration for new families
When your child is 6 years old and entering grade 1 he/she is eligible to register in our Faith Education program.
Before registering your child in our catechism program parents must attend an information session. This will give you all the pertinent information to help you make the right choice for your family. At this session you will receive the necessary “KEY” to complete your child’s registration online.
These are the dates and times of the information sessions.
- Tuesday, June 11 @ 7:30pm
- Saturday, June 15 @ 10am
- Saturday, August 24 @ 10am
- Tuesday, September 17 @ 7:30pm
Please let us know which date you are planning to attend either by phone (514)684-6488 ext. 204 or email .
A copy of your child’s baptismal certificate, unless baptized at St. Luke’s, is required. If not available immediately, this document can be submitted at a later date.
Book pick-up date for New families
Thursday, October 3 from 7-8:30pm for program orientation /information meeting and book pick-up.
As a new family participating in our faith education program and because level 1 is a home-based program, it is essential that you make every effort to attend this evening so you will be able to get off to a great start with the home-based catechism with your child.
At this gathering, you will receive helpful resources and hints about passing on your faith to your children. You will learn how to make "Be My Disciples" a fun learning experience in your family or in a group if you choose to get together with other families. We will be reviewing the expectations for you and your child for fulfilling the program requirements for each level in our program. We will share how we can partner with your family in sharing faith with your children. We will be able to answer your questions at that time and help you be more comfortable in this new stage of passing on our faith to your children.
We will also have some children’s bibles for sale for $15. Children love the Bible stories!
For more details regarding each level, go to the Children's Catechism. page. If you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the .